Between your favorite frozen beverages, an endless expanse of sugar-white sand, and rows upon rows of gorgeous blue cabanas to stretch out on – nothing makes for a more relaxing Independence Day weekend than a celebration on St. Pete Beach! For those looking to mix the most patriotism with their paradise, you’re definitely in for the biggest star-spangled splash of the summer with TradeWinds Island Resorts’ Stars, Stripes & Smiles 3-Night package. With an explosive range of activities and an endless array of eats, TradeWinds is the only place to be this 4th of July weekend! This year’s cookout is sure to be epic as well; if you don’t believe us, just check out the lineup below!

Activities, Entertainment and more: Throwdown in our annual hula-hoop contest, show off your wackiest red, white and blue outfit in Uncle Sam’s Patriotic costume contest, or participate in one of the many other games going on all weekend long. Get inked up with some fun temporary tattoos, or break it down while our DJ spins your favorite tunes. The festive carnival games right on the beach are sure to be a crowd pleaser, too. Test your strength in the inflatable boxing ring, bungee run, slide, obstacle course, bounce house and more! Don’t forget about the beach fireworks at dusk, they’re sure to light up the night!

Stars, Stripes & Smiles Celebration Party and Cookout: This year’s cookout is definitely larger than life! This festive beach fare is overflowing with summer favorites like peel and eat shrimp, grilled Black Angus hamburgers, Kosher all-beef hot dogs, slow smoked and dry rubbed spare ribs, creamy baked macaroni and cheese and grilled ribeye steaks. Add some sides of southern-style braised collard greens, sweet potato salad, grilled eggplant and sautéed zucchini and three-bean BBQ baked beans.  The dessert bar is sure to sweeten the pot with chocolate fondue, key lime pie, bourbon chocolate cake, mini fruit tarts, an ice cream sundae bar and assorted mousse shots!

At TradeWinds Island Resorts, you'll feel like you're a million miles away, yet TradeWinds is conveniently located on St. Pete Beach - just 10 minutes off I-275 on Florida’s sparkling Gulf coast. You can stay at TradeWinds Island Grand or Guy Harvey Outpost and access all the activities, recreation and restaurants at both resorts - only 200 flip-flops away from each other!

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